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Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals

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Sun, surf and sand await at your Santa Cruz vacation rental

A university town, Santa Cruz is a popular weekend spot with students taking a well-deserved break here, but the laid-back locals also make it a memorable destination. Several nearby beaches have often been referred to as the finest in the Western Hemisphere — how's that for a reason to visit? Book your Santa Cruz vacation rental for a date in paradise!

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Vacation rentals and apartments with air conditioning

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Motel  Santa Cruz
Feb 24 - Mar 2
-88%
$955
$118 per night
Motel ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Motel in Santa Cruz

3.7
Good
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
Air conditioning
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Motel  Santa Cruz
Mar 7 - Mar 14
-52%
$301
$146 per night
Motel ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Motel in Santa Cruz

4.2
Very good
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
Air conditioning
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Motel  Santa Cruz
Feb 24 - Mar 2
-45%
$279
$154 per night
Motel ∙ 10 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Motel in Santa Cruz with Free Parking

3.7
Good
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
Air conditioning
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Vacation rentals with a fireplace

Get warm and cozy on cold winter nights in Santa Cruz by booking a vacation home with a fireplace.

House  Santa Cruz
$652 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Rio Del Mar with Grill & Patio + Ocean View

5.0
Outstanding (10 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
Fireplace
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House  Santa Cruz
$208 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Capitola with Patio, Yard & Grill + Ocean View

5.0
Outstanding (36 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
Fireplace
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House  Santa Cruz
$341 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Wonderful House in Rio Del Mar with Patio & Grill

4.9
Outstanding (123 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
Fireplace
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Apartments with a balcony or patio

Looking for a home with a balcony? Check out these vacation homes in Santa Cruz with their own private patios and balconies.

House  Santa Cruz
May 25 - Jun 1
$1,181 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Opal Cliffs with Patio & Yard + Ocean Views

5.0
Outstanding (1 rating)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
Free cancellation
Balcony/Patio
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House  Santa Cruz
May 25 - Jun 1
$1,431 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Opal Cliffs with Colorful Garden

5.0
Outstanding (6 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
Free cancellation
Balcony/Patio
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Best Vacation Home Deals in Santa Cruz

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House Santa Cruz
Mar 11 - Mar 18
-3%
$999
$966 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Lovely Vacation Home in Rio Del Mar with Patio + Ocean Views

4.6
Excellent (23 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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1,066 amazing vacation homes from 5 partner websites are listed in Santa Cruz, with prices starting at $166 a night. Every one of the offers from the different providers are directly compared by our algorithm , allowing you to save up to 14%.

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House Santa Cruz
$417 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Santa Cruz with Grill

4.4
Very good (111 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
$1,421 per night
House ∙ 14 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Charming Vacation Home in Santa Cruz with Grill & Sauna

5.0
Outstanding (37 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
$832 per night
House ∙ 11 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Seabright with Patio & Grill + Ocean Views + Next to Beach

4.5
Excellent (87 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
$556 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Seabright with Grill & Patio + Next to Beach

5.0
Outstanding (205 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
$288 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Beautiful House in Santa Cruz with Yard, Patio & Grill

4.8
Outstanding (325 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Mar 11 - Mar 18
$314 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Lovely House in Mount Hermon with Patio & Yard

4.9
Outstanding (6 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
$242 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Nice House in Santa Cruz with Free Parking + Ocean Views + Next to Beach

4.3
Very good (127 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Cottage Santa Cruz
$277 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Opal Cliffs with Free Parking

4.9
Outstanding (50 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
$1,263 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Opal Cliffs with Patio & Grill + Ocean View

4.7
Excellent (122 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Budget-friendly Rentals in Santa Cruz

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House Santa Cruz
$524 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Opal Cliffs with Yard, Grill & Patio + Tropical Views

4.7
Excellent (48 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
$792 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Charming House in Seabright with Grill, Yard & Patio + Beach Nearby

4.8
Outstanding (116 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
$491 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

House in Seabright with Yard & Patio

5.0
Outstanding (34 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Top-Rated Offers and Accommodations in Santa Cruz

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House Santa Cruz
$319 per night
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Beautiful House in Santa Cruz with Grill, Patio & Yard + Ocean Views

4.9
Outstanding (77 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Cottage Santa Cruz
$293 per night
Cottage ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cottage in Santa Cruz with Patio & Yard

5.0
Outstanding (136 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
$1,174 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Pleasant House in Santa Cruz with Overnight Parking + Spectacular View + Next to Beach

4.6
Excellent (128 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Popular Rental Amenities in Santa Cruz

  • Pool (418)
  • Pet-friendly (125)
  • WiFi (1,027)
  • Kitchen (260)
  • Air conditioning (756)
  • Parking (60)
  • Jacuzzi (171)
  • Washing machine (362)
  • TV (942)
  • Balcony/patio (480)
  • Dishwasher (178)
  • Grill (162)

Nearly half of the vacation homes include a pool, which makes Santa Cruz a fantastic destination for people looking to spend vacation poolside. Additionally, more House rental have pools than any other type of property. They are an excellent choice if you go in a group of 10, as that is the number of people they can welcome on average. more than half of Santa Cruz's vacation homes with pools are within two kilometres of water, divide your time between the pool and the waterfront

The Weather in Santa Cruz

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Check out our climate diagram to find the perfect month for your vacation. The highest average temperatures are in the month of September. Conversely, January is the coolest month in Santa Cruz, with temperatures going under 3° The rainiest month is March while the driest month is June.

7-Day Weather Forecast in Santa Cruz

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Accommodations for your vacation in Santa Cruz

In Santa Cruz, nearly half of the vacation homes are house rental, which represent 46.71% of its available properties. Interestingly, specific accommodation type, this type of property in particular is $1,089 a night, with an average size of 167 m². Furthermore, these vacation homes are great for large groups, as most can accommodate 7 people. You can also consider other accommodation types in Santa Cruz. Bed and breakfast rental are, for example, another common accommodation type in this destination, with 22 being offered. Bed and breakfast rental in Santa Cruz are 29 m² on average, with average prices of $593 per night.
Where to find the best food in Santa Cruz?

Dining out

Santa Cruz offers visitors a range of international cuisines to choose from. While here, profit from the ocean-front restaurants and lounge bars that offer prolific coastal views. Santa Cruz's laid-back vibes are best-experienced at the Asian Rose Cafe which serves vegan, Californian and Sri Lankan cuisine. For Thai-Vietnamese fusion under ambient lamps and shimmery lights, Charlie Hong Kong awaits. El Palomar and Jalapeños Taqueria dish out Mexican staples such as tortillas and tacos with finesse. Or you can pick up Chinese takeaway for later at your Santa Cruz vacation rentals.

For a fun night out, Pacific Avenue in Downtown Santa Cruz is the place to go; this stretch has a number of bars and clubs.

What is the weather like in Santa Cruz?

A good time to visit

Summer is the undisputed peak season, meaning you'll need to book your Santa Cruz vacation rental well in advance. Winter is a nicer time to visit and have the beach to yourself, as it never really gets cold here. Moreover, you're assured discounts on your Santa Cruz vacation homes, not to mention peace and quiet. The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn when colors change are recommended for nature lovers.

What are the top sights in Santa Cruz?

Things to do and see

The pedestrian-friendly downtown strip enjoys its proximity to the beach, and is perfect for a family stroll after dusk. Downtown Santa Cruz regales with its people-watching opportunities, restaurants with global cuisine, cool indie shops and clubs. The city's star attraction is the Beach Boardwalk, which is the only original boardwalk amusement park still in use on the West Coast. Municipal Wharf meanwhile is a great viewing point for the sea lions and pelicans. During winter, stop by Steamers Lane and watch the surfers and sea lions doing their bit to impress cheering onlookers.

Popular with tourists, the Mystery Spot is a visual illusion–based attraction that calls itself a 'gravitational anomaly' for the strange phenomena that take place here. See for yourselves and decide! A hike up to the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) will fetch you stunning bay views, redwood forests and the UCSC Arboretum. Rejuvenate at the clothing-optional family spa Kiva Retreat House, and unwind in your Santa Cruz vacation homes.

What are the best places to discover the arts and culture of Santa Cruz?

Art and culture

For a lowdown on the surfing culture from 1885 until the present day, come visit the Surfing Museum. For families, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center beckons with its native aquatic species in glass tanks, the dolphin-sighting area and terrific views of Monterey Bay after dusk.

Classic rock fans should check out the Grateful Dead Exhibit, which comprises an impressive collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the group. Jazz, bluegrass, folk, Celtic and world music enthusiasts should catch a gig at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

Where are the unique attractions in Santa Cruz?

Excursion destinations

The kids will love the Delaveaga Disk Golf Course, which offers free entry and superb views. Next is the oldest state park in California, Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Año Nuevo State Park is home to one of the highest populations of elephant seals. The Natural Bridges State Beach thrills with its monarch butterflies and windsurfing opportunities, while the heavily-forested Henry Cowell State Park boasts the San Lorenzo River that flows through it.

Watersports enthusiasts should definitely indulge in some surfing, sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding in Santa Cruz. Mountain biking is a popular activity in the Santa Cruz mountains — note that some inclines can get steep.

What are the best events and festivals in Santa Cruz?

Regular events

The Santa Cruz Blues Festival in May attracts crowds from all over the state for its impressive lineup. Every fall, artists open their studios for a few weeks to the general public as part of the 'Open Studios Art Tour'.

Discover all aspects of surf culture at the Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival held each September. Every Sunday, all year round, salsa enthusiasts dance up a storm at the boardwalk with Salsa By The Sea.

It is easy to see how Santa Cruz welcomes those of all tastes and sensibilities. Book your Santa Cruz vacation rental and gear up for a fun vacation.

What are the must-see attractions in Santa Cruz?

Creating memories in Santa Cruz

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

Overlooking the ocean, this hyper-modern building houses an exciting interactive marine animal sanctuary. Exploring the exhibits and marine inhabitants is rewarding for the whole family.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Make friends with a shark, learn about what scientists do, and enjoy views of the famous Monterey Bay at this center which is part of the University of California.

Mystery Spot

A supposed gravitational anomaly, this area has seen strange things happening ever since there have been people to observe them. Visit for quirky visual illusions and lots of fun.

Santa Cruz Wharf

Head to this lively wharf for great shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It's also the starting point for various water sports and boat tours.

Natural Bridges State Beach

Monarch butterflies flood this stunning beach from the end of October until January. It's a natural wonder that the family won't forget in a hurry.

Information about vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

🏡 Vacation rentals available 1,066 rentals
💳 Possible discounts up to 14%
🌙 Nightly prices starting at $166
⭐ Popular amenities Pool, Pets allowed and Internet
🐾 Pet friendly homes 121 homes
🏊 Vacation rentals with pools 433 homes

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical availability of vacation rentals in Santa Cruz?

We found 1,066 vacation homes in Santa Cruz available for your next trip.

What are the most popular vacation home amenities in Santa Cruz?

When looking to book a vacation home in Santa Cruz, the most requested amenities include Pool, Pets allowed, and Internet.

Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Santa Cruz?

If you're travelling with a dog, over 11% of vacation rentals in Santa Cruz are pet-friendly.

What's the best month to visit Santa Cruz?

If you're looking for balmy weather, September and October are typically the hottest months in Santa Cruz with temperatures around 25 °C. January and December in Santa Cruz are the coldest, with 3 °C on average.

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